EA Sports ran a simulation and came to the conclusion that Argentina will win the World Cup in 2022. The World Cup final is only a month away now, and EA Sports thinks Lionel Messi will be the first player to ever hoist the title.
The video game tycoon unveiled a FIFA 23 simulation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, with Argentina emerging victorious. In the final, Messi & Co. prevail against the simulation’s top competitor, Brazil, to win the championship.
EA Sports is back at making predictions
There’s no need to ruin the tournament in Qatar by predicting Argentina will win the 2022 World Cup before a single ball has been kicked.
That is if the results of EA Sports’ FIFA 23 simulation of the competition taking place between November 20 and December 18 offer any indication. Don’t forget to check the complete World Cup 2022 fixtures Singapore time if you haven’t.
Even though it’s just a video game, EA Sports has been dead right in its predictions for the past three championships. In 2010, the firm correctly predicted Spain would win, then in 2014, Germany, and in 2018, France. Not that either of those wins was particularly surprising, but it does bode well for Argentina’s chances in Qatar.
In the hypothetical scenario, Messi plays a pivotal role in guiding Argentina to victory. As a result of his eight goals in seven virtual matches, the four-time “FIFA” cover athlete beat off Memphis Depay of the Netherlands and Kylian Mbappe of France to win the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball, respectively. Messi announced at the beginning of October that WorldCup22 will be his last.
How the simulation went
All 64 matches from the Group Stage through the Final were played out by EA Sports using FIFA 23 and the detailed player ratings utilized for the game’s many FIFA World Cup play modes, and the results confirmed that Messi & Co. are destined for glory.
Furthermore, EA Sports predicts that Messi will be the tournament’s top scorer and best player, respectively, and win the Golden Boot and Golden Ball despite the World Cup betting odds 2022 saying otherwise.
The four other members of the anticipated Team of the Tournament are also members of the Albiceleste: Emiliano Martinez, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, and Marcos Acuna, all of whom Messi helped get there because of his play. Joao Cancelo, Vinicius Junior, Varane, Marquinhos, and Mbappe rounded up the team’s sportsmen.
According to EA Sports, only two teams from Group C will advance to the knockout phase: Argentina and Poland. It would be a sight to behold these two teams at the World Cup 2022 livestream.
Predictions see Argentina advancing to the final by defeating Brazil, 1-0, after first defeating Denmark 2-1 in the round of 16, then the Netherlands 1-0 in the quarterfinals, and France 1-0 in the semis. Since the 1990’s tournament, Argentina and Brazil haven’t met at the World Cup.
How accurate EA Sports’ predictions could be?
If you think EA Sports’ prediction is just another PR ploy, think again; they have a strong history of accurately predicting World Cup champions. They did the same thing in 2010 and 2014 and 2018 and correctly predicted the champion each time.
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However, after predicting the overall champions, EA Sports’ predictions for the World Cup gradually unravel and look quite foolish in retrospect, making the best World Cup bet offers seem pointless.
In 2014, for instance, it was predicted that the host country of Brazil would win the World Cup. Scholars may remember that the Selecao suffered a shocking 7-1 defeat at the hands of eventual champions Germany in the semifinals, a result that shook the host country and astonished the world.
In addition, David de Gea was tabbed as the year’s finest goalkeeper, while Gabriel Jesus was tabbed as the year’s top young player. The former was roundly criticized for a disastrous management blunder against Portugal in the group stage, and the latter had five appearances but was eliminated in the quarterfinals after failing to score for Brazil.
True, you can’t always come out on top. The last 3 World Cup champions have been successfully predicted, so betting on the team that has gone 35 games without a loss (just two short of Italy’s record of 37) seems like a safe bet.
In the event that Argentina does win the World Cup, Messi will almost certainly be the tournament’s leading goal scorer for the Golden Boot and the clear favorite for the most outstanding player for the Golden Ball. Messi was awarded the Golden Ball in 2014 despite Argentina finishing second.
Only time can really tell whether these World Cup predictions will come to fruition when we reach the conclusion in December. Don’t forget that you can claim free World Cup bets at online betting sites prior to the kickoff!